AIR Experts to Discuss STEM Workplace Issues During National Leadership Conference Hosted by U.S. News & World Report

Washington, D.C. – American Institutes for Research (AIR) experts Courtney Tanenbaum and Kirk Walters will participate in the STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference, hosted by U.S. News & World Report in San Diego June 29-July 1.  Dr. Tanenbaum will discuss engaging girls in science and Dr. Walters will address recent trends in professional development for math teachers.

The conference, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, brings together business, education and policy leaders to identify and discuss ways to increase the participation of women, minorities, veterans and underserved populations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and careers.

Dr. Tanenbaum is a senior researcher specializing in STEM at AIR. Her work on research and evaluation studies has focused on federal policies and initiatives designed to improve the outcomes of women, disadvantaged students and underrepresented minorities, in both K-12 and higher education.

Dr. Walters, a principal researcher at AIR, focuses on ways to improve K-12 math teaching and learning. His work includes experimental trials of intensive professional development programs for math teachers, studies of online and blended Algebra I programs, and case studies of exemplary math teachers and instructional programs.

The discussions by both experts are on June 30 in the Seaport C Room. Dr. Walters will discuss “Teaching the New Standards: Ramping Up STEM Professional Development” during a panel discussion from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PDT. Dr. Tanenbaum’s panel discussion, “The Way to Science is Through a Girl’s Heart,” takes place from 4:40 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. PDT.

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